I badly want to grow a sycamore maple as , but as a city dweller I have no space outside to put it… 😢


ok, let's just do this and cross that bridge later.

[x] cut twigs from tree
[x] removed most leaves
[x] dipped ends in honey (instead of rooting hormone)
[x] put cuttings into half-potting-soil-half-pumice substrate
[x] keep moist and not too sunny
[x] pray
[ ] wait 12 weeks

(also it's not sycamore, but field maple (Acer campestre), because I suck at not confusing things…)

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Plants are awesome. You just cut off a part of them, stick it into the soil, and ✨ you get a new plant. Imagine if people could do that.

Day 30 and they still haven't made full roots yet (as far as I can tell), but one of the cuttings I put in water is shooting many new leaves 😊

The ones in water are also covered in some kind of white-transparent fluff, I wonder whether this is algae or fungus, or whether it belongs to the yet-to-be-roots and I should better leave it…

After 2 months, the cuttings in soil have made fresh leaves, and the roots have already escaped the pot 😀 The cuttings which I placed in water didn't make anything else after my previous update, and rather started to rot… So I guess soil it is then.

Until now they had a place on the northern window, but let's see what more light does to them.

(although this is a south-eastern window, it only gets direct sunlight from 9am to 10am because of the neighbour's wall in front of it, but it is still the best my flat has to offer… I definitely need a balcony)

@daniel_bohrer I am very sceptical about the effectiveness of rooting hormones, although I have used them in the past. But I had never heard or read about the use of honey before. Thanks for the hint!

@ubo there seem to be a lot of household remedies as replacement for industrial rooting hormones. Most prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria, like cinnamon, vinegar, or honey. Others also contain partly the same hormones as the industrial products, like tea from young willow twigs, potatos, baker's yeast, or even aspirine.
(Yes, I was researching this topic at length yesterday :D)

@daniel_bohrer Thanks a lot for your explanation and best of luck for your bonsais!

Ouh, Ahorn. :) Wird das auch ein jahrelanges Bonsaiprojekt?

@Archivar sind nicht alle Bonsaiprojekte jahrelange Projekte?

Aber ja, ich bin so jemand, der sich in alles reinnerden und dann von Grund auf verstehen muss :D

Ja. Hmm... Stimmt.

Ich habe vor ein paar Wochen eine Grapefruit eingepflanzt. Mal schauen ob sie ein Jahre langes Projekt wird, denn bei ihr habe ich wirklich Angst das sie mir wegsterben wird. 😅

@daniel_bohrer That's exactly how reptiloids multiply the human children kept underground.

@daniel_bohrer Plants get even more awesome once you consider how they can reproduce without introducing damaging mutations into their cells.

I found this long article by Quanta Magazine on that topic very fascinating.


@daniel_bohrer Maybe some humans learned to do it like the plants do and because of the specific part of their body they choose we have so many ass-holes around. #justThinking

@daniel_bohrer do you have more bonsai ressources for beginners to get into the topic?

@esopriester sorry, my father is not available on the internet :D
Other than that, I learned from these two YouTube channels:
Herons Bonsai: youtube.com/channel/UCyZR5OfKC
Eisei-en Bonsai: youtube.com/user/bjorvalabonsa

@daniel_bohrer Nice. Feel free to keep us up to date on how the little guy is doing. I'd like to have a bonsai, but was told that it's hard to get them through winter indoors.

@tauli as far as I understand, it depends on the species, and there are "outside" and "indoor" species. The usual outside bonsai species grow naturally in temperate zones, so they are adapted to cold climate and also need lower temperatures and less light to start their winter rest and rebuild themselves for next year. But indoor bonsai species, like Ficus, normally grow in tropic zones and therefore grow all year at room temperature. Basically any house plants are tropical species ☺

@tauli but for some outside species, apparently it already helps if you put them into an unheated room over the winter.

@daniel_bohrer wow. Didn't knew honey would also do the trick. I heard that willow tree pieces would also foster root building on other plants.

@botaflo there were some more photos in the thread in xase you didn't see them, but here they are now:
Sadly the field maples have had to endure a few freezing degrees after I put them outside, I hope they'll make a second flush of leaves. The sycamore and the European beech (on the right) are fine and getting bigger leaves than I'd hoped 😅

Damn, I really have to tie the bonsai down, the rightmost one just took the short way down in the strong wind. Luckily no breakage except for a small part of one leaf. But tree (and me) sad 😞

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